The city of Florence loves Easter. They call it the Scoppio del Carro – literally, explosion of the cart. The city turns out to watch this tradition, which originated in the fifteenth century but has its roots in an even older event. During the First Crusade to Jerusalem, a brave Florentine soldier was rewarded with three chips of stone taken from the walls of the Holy Sepulchre of Christ.
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May 7, 2011
So much can be said for Rome and the surrounding south of Italy. But those who would sing the praises of its cobbled alleyways, ancient aqueducts, and bustling air of Italian joie-de-vivre, can only help but fall in love with its sister, Florence, for she is like Rome, only somehow more beautiful.
April 15, 2011
Season has officially started, and city is plenty of tourists, museums are crowded and if you do not get a reservation in advance you can wait in line even for 2-3 hours…. Therefore, I’m very happy to share these news of special openings of the main museums in town!
March 26, 2011
After a slow and cold winter, eventually some temporary exhibitions are starting!
First of all, at the Reali Poste of Uffizi Gallery you can admire the beautiful display of “Figure, Memorie, Spazio“ – 100 drawings of great artists of “Quattrocento Fiorentino” such as Filippo and Filippino Lippi, Verrocchio, Botticelli, Ghirlandaio and the world-famous Leonardo da Vinci, Raffaello and Michelangelo.
February 18, 2011
It’s more than one year that we are waiting for this moment…now it seems that we are really close to that! I’m talking about a dream that is becoming true, a unique museum card that allows the visitor to admire more than 30 Florentine museums.
December 22, 2010
Babbo Natale is Father Christmas; I do not know how he differs from Santa, so he might not actually have anything to do with chimneys. I get the idea that European ideas of Santa Claus are a lot more dignified than they are in the USA. Here he looks, well, he looks like an American. In Europe, he looks more venerable.